While you’re filling the DJ’s playlist with love songs, we’ve got a few suggestions to help you hit other high notes.
“Dress You Up in My Love”
Brides seeking a custom, one-of-a-kind gown need look no further than SF designer Katherine Noyes, whose dresses feel timeless, never trendy. Noyes works closely with her clients to create the perfect silhouette (like the one shown here) and decide on details like beading and a cascading train.
“Kiss from a Rose”
East Bay floral designer Laura Miller picks blooms from her own garden for her lush designs and often incorporates vintage ribbons and pins into her arrangements.
Pamela Fishman Cianci of Outlined Productions is more than a triple threat: She can craft your wedding from top to bottom, offering consulting, full planning, and day-of services. She also bakes a damn good Bundt cake, for those craving homey desserts.
“In Your Eyes”
Two sets of brushes are better than one: Elizabeth Fox and Shana Astrachan of Fox & Doll makeup, an FX makeup specialist and aesthetician, are perfect for the bride who isn’t afraid of a smoky eye or retro red lip. (Astrachan also gives a great prewedding facial.)
“Don’t You (Forget About Me)”
Flipcams are fun, but leave the memory-recording to a professional. IQ Videography produces beautiful, cinematic HD videos and dramatic 8mm film.
The Carmel Valley Ranch got an impressive upgrade this summer, including a new 10,500-square-foot spa. Have an outdoor ceremony surrounded by ancient oaks on the sweeping grounds, then move indoors to the Arbor Ballroom for dancing. (Mention DailyCandy when booking a Friday and Saturday night there through March 31, 2011, and get Thursday and Sunday free. Not applicable to groups.)
Perennial letterpress favorite Hello Lucky just released new retro destination wedding designs printed on cotton card stock for far-flung nuptials.
Go above and beyond the traditional passed apps and Cali cuisine with modern Asian fare from Le’s Kitchen Catering. Choose dishes like salt-and-pepper calamari, soft-shell tempura crab salad, and five-spice roasted quail, and let your guests thank you later.
This is just the tip of the ice sculpture. We’ve got lots more wedding ideas online.
Photos: Barnaby Draper; Courtesy of Laura Miller Designs; Courtesy of Carmel Valley Ranch; Jerry Yoon / Courtesy of Le’s Kitchen Catering
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